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Public Libraries Summer Reading Program
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All NYC public library branches have great programming all summer, along with a fun website that will allow you to track your reading, get suggestions, and get badges for participating! If you need a new public library card, see this page!
Sample Books from the English Reading Assignment
Guest by Mary Downing Hahn
Young Mollie travels though dangerous & creepy lands to retrieve her baby brother, Thomas, from the Kinde Folke, evil sprites who snatched him and left a hideous changeling in his place. Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.
Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
What starts as a normal little garden out back behind the house quickly grows up into a wild, magical jungle with tiny onion babies running amok, huge, pink pumpkins that bite, and, on one moonlit night that changes everything…a dragon. Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.
In the Beautiful Country by Jane Kuo
In this lyrical novel in verse, Taiwanese-born Ai Shi becomes Anna when she immigrates to "the beautiful country." California brings unexpected difficulties: bullying, money problems, and vandalization of her family's restaurant. Can they overcome their troubles and find home? Available in ebook at the public libraries and Sora.
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi
The zombie apocalypse begins when Rabi, Miguel, and Joe are practicing baseball near their town's local meatpacking plant and smell something awful. Little do they know the plant's toxic cattle feed is turning cows into flesh-craving monsters! Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.
Invisible Emmie by Terri Libenson (Illustrator)
This is the story of two totally different girls--quiet, shy, artistic Emmie and popular, outgoing, athletic Katie--and how their lives unexpectedly intersect one day, when an embarrassing note falls into the wrong hands. The ebook is available from the public libraries and Sora.
The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi
When 12-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand, they know it is up to them to defeat the game's diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. Ebook available at the public libraries and Sora.
Alvin Ho by Lenore Look; Leuyen Pham (Illustrator)
Alvin, an Asian American second grader who's afraid of everything, is facing something truly scary: the idea that someone he loves might die. Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. One day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens that it changes everything. Eli convinces his friends to help him investigate further, and it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems in Serenity. Ebook series available from the public libraries and Sora.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.
Game Changer by Tommy Greenwald
Teddy Youngblood is one of the most talented incoming freshman football players on the team. After an incident at practice that lands Teddy in a coma, his family must fight to figure out what really happened. Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.
Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper
When the Ku Klux Klan rides into Stella's segregated southern town, can she find the bravery to stand up to their prejudice? Ebook available from the public libraries and Sora.